screenshotOpen in IE™  |  Download Open links in Internet Explorer via a right-click context-menu item.

Some of the important features of the Open in IE™ addon are listed below. This is followed by an overview of this addon. This summary contains few words about the addon, its function, and its features. Next is FAQ, this section is useful to get information about how this addon works in your browser. If you couldn't find a specific answer, please fill the bug report form on this page or the contact form on the homepage to let us know about your question. Following the FAQ, is the bug report form. It is designed to collect user feedbacks and bugs about this addon. Users can suggest improvements or feature requests through this form too. The next section is for submitting comments about this addon which uses the Facebook comments plugin. The last section is dedicated to reports submitted through the GitHub website. We hope the information provided on this page, could help you get all the basics you need about this addon and enable you to have a better experience with Open in IE™.

In short, Open in IE™ Gives you the ability to open any link in an Internet Explorer (IE) window from within your browser. Please check the YouTube tutorial below to get an idea of how this addon works in your browser. If you want to contribute to the developement of this addon, please fork it on GitHub, and push your changes to a named branch. Moreover, you can review all the comments made on GitHub commits.

5 Reasons to Use Open in IE™

  • Right click on any link and then click on Open link in IE.

  • You can choose to open the window in private mode or normal mode (see addons options page).

  • Captures the link from any text within the page (for those link that are not like hyperlinks).

  • You can set the IE path in your PC from the options page.

  • Currently available for Firefox only

YouTube Tutorial

This video gives you an idea of how the extension works in your browser.

Matched Content


  • Internet Explorer (IE) is one of the most used browsers over the internet. It has been serving worldwide for over a decade now, since its creation in 1995. Most recently, Internet Explorer was the only internet platform used by people. However, with the development of other browsers, such as Google Chrome, Opera and Mozilla Firefox, IE might have lost some of its users. However, most people who had been using this internet platform for the past few years, still see Internet Explorer as the best browser of all time. One of the reasons for this might be Internet Explorer's clear and easy to comprehend page layout and also its integration with Windows operating system. While other browsers have other advantages over Internet Explorers, users might get confused between choosing the better alternative. This is where Open in IE addon comes in handy.

    Open in IE helps people to browse over the web through IE (when it is necessary), by opening the links in an Internet Explorer page layout. This convenient add-on provides the people with a two experiences at a time. Mozilla Firefox is considered a faster internet browser, and Internet Explorer has a better layout. Open in IE is an extension which helps people to browse through Mozilla Firefox and then open links in Internet Explorer. It is a user-friendly add-on, which is easily usable by anyone with basic computing knowledge. You just have to right-click on the link and then select the 'Open in IE' option from the right-click context menu to experience an Internet Explorer page layout. You can change the settings of this add-on and can open the window in both, private and normal mode. Open in IE can capture a link from any text within the page. We would recommend this easy-to-use add-on to everyone, especially people who are fond of an Internet Explorer layout and Mozilla Firefox browsing speed. With Open in IE, you can experience both of these aspects.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is Open in IE™ addon?

    Open in IE™ is a browser extension to enable you open a desired link in a separate IE window. In order to operate with this addon you need a native-client patch to connect your browser with native IE application (internet explorer) in your OS. Please read the following to get more info on how to install and operate with this addon.

  • 2. How to work with this addon?

    When you first install the addon, please head to the options page and adjust the path for IE. Depending on your operating system, the path to IE could be different. For example, in windows 10 the path is: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe". Please re-check this path in your OS and make sure it is correct. Once you set the correct path to IE in the options page, please install the native-client patch. This patch is used to make the communication between the addon and IE (native app). Please read the following to get more info about installing native-client patch on your machine.

  • 3. How can I download the source code for Open in IE™?

    To download the source code for this extension from Chrome Web Store, it is recommended to use Extension Source Downloader. With this addon, you can download the source code as a ZIP or CRX format to your machine. If you want to download the source code from the Firefox addons store, please open the firefox download link (if available) in the Firefox browser and then right-click on the - Add to Firefox - button and select - Save Link As... - item. Choose the destination folder on your machine and then save the file in XPI format. You can then rename the XPI format to a RAR or ZIP file. Some extensions may have a GitHub repo address, which you can use to download the source code as well. But, it may not be the latest version of the addon. Therefore, downloading the source code from the official web stores is the best option as it always gives you the latest version of the addon.

  • 4. What is native-client?

    Native client patch is used for connecting your browser (Firefox, Chrome and Opera) with native applications on your machine (Windows, Linux and Mac). If you have an add-on in your browser that needs to communicate with an external application on your computer, this native client patch can be used to easily make this connection.

  • 5. How can I install native-client patch?

    After installing the addon, you need to connect it with native applications (i.e. IE) on your machine. In order to make this connection, a separate patch is provided in GitHub. Please download and install this patch from here. Follow the instruction in the GitHub page to download and install the related patch to your system. After installing, the "Open in IE™" addon in your browser can communicate with IE on your machine (Window, Linux or Mac).

  • 6. Can I choose to open links in an IE tab?

    No, it only opens links in a window not Firefox tab.

  • 7. Can I choose to open links in a private window?

    Yes, you can choose to open links in private window. To do so, open the options page and click the corresponding option.

  • 8. Does this addon has any toolbar button?

    No, this addon does not have toolbar button. The only way to access it is through context-menu item available in your right-click.

  • 9. What happens if I click on non-link contents within a page?

    When you click on a non-link item in a page, the addon automatically extracts the link content from the item and if it cannot extract the link content, it gives you an error message that IE cannot be opened for this item.

  • 10. Does this addon available for other browsers?

    No, currently it is only available for Firefox, but in future it may be become available for Opera and Chrome.


Reporting Bugs

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